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24 October, 2014

11:21

Poland lodges appeal with European Court against CIA jail ruling

Poland has lodged an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights against a July ruling that Poland had hosted a secret CIA prison on its soil, Reuters reported, citing a Foreign Ministry statement. An appeal was being prepared on procedural grounds, Poland’s prosecutor-general said earlier this week.

10:45

China won’t join sanctions against Russia - Beijing

The Chinese government will not join economic sanctions against Russia, TASS quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying as saying on Friday. She was commenting on a statement by Paul Jones, US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. “We come against any sanctions or threats because they are not an effective method of solving problems,” Hua said, adding that the political settlement of the situation in Ukraine is the only right way. “The Asian countries have their own view on the Ukrainian problem,” Hua said. “But China is sure that sanctions are useless.”

10:19

UNHCR says number of displaced in Ukraine rises to 824,000

The Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said the number of displaced people due to the conflict in Ukraine is now more than 824,000 people. The figure includes internally-displaced people and those who left the country, according to the UNHCR.

09:27

No proposals for division of Ukraine at talks with Putin – Poland’s Tusk

No proposals were made for a division of Ukraine at talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk told local radio. “No such proposals were made at any meetings with President Putin,” TASS quoted Tusk as saying. He was commenting on statements made by former Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski. “All this story shows is that the memory can fail a person,” Tusk said, adding that now this affair can be considered closed.

09:10

Moscow court orders arrest of air-traffic controller after Falcon jet crash

The Basmanny District Court in Moscow on Friday ordered the arrest of air-traffic controller Aleksandr Kruglov of Vnukovo airport over his role in the crash of a Falcon jet crash that killed Total’s CEO Christophe de Margerie and the plane’s crew of three, RIA Novosti reported. The judge refused to free Kruglov on bail. The controller has denied any wrongdoing, saying he acted in strict accordance with instructions.

07:46

Prosecutors delay ruling on possible TEPCO indictments over Fukushima

Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters said. A citizens’ panel ruled in July that three former TEPCO executives should be indicted over the nuclear disaster, and the Tokyo’s District Prosecutors Office started to reinvestigate the case. Last year, prosecutors declined to charge more than 30 TEPCO and government officials.

07:04

‘Signs of volcano’s increased activity’ near Japan’s nuclear plant

Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64km from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity. This could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption, officials said, warning people to stay away from the summit. Ioyama, a mountain on the southwestern island of Kyushu, has been shaken by a tremor lasting as long as seven minutes, Reuters said. A month ago, another volcano, Mt. Ontake, erupted suddenly when crowded with hikers, killing 57 people in Japan’s worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years.

06:35

UN ‘concerned’ over reports of Ukraine’s cluster bombs in Donbass – official

Reports about the use of cluster bombs by Ukraine’s military in Donetsk Region “raise UN’s special concern,” TASS quoted UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Shimonovich as saying. He also said that obstacles “from both sides” of the conflict complicated the UN’s efforts to reach some parts of eastern Ukraine to help the population.

06:20

Lawmakers to end US Social Security benefits to former Nazis

Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving US Social Security benefits will be introduced soon. Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, are expected to release details of the bill on Friday. The legislation will be offered in mid-November, when Congress returns to session following the midterm elections. An AP investigation earlier revealed millions of dollars have been paid to former Nazis who were forced out of the US.

06:09

EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions

EU leaders agreed on Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, AP said. A package agreed at an EU summit in the early hours of Friday also requires climate-friendly, renewable energy to provide at least 27 percent of the bloc’s needs. The measures demand that energy efficiency increase by at least 27 percent in the next 16 years. The EU will be the first major economy to set post-2020 emissions targets ahead of a global climate pact that could be adopted next year in Paris.

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